Five Reasons to Eat More Cucumber

November 21st, 2014
Cucumbers have some serious—and unexpected—health benefits. Here are five of them.

Cucumbers are more than just a salad accessory. They’re an easy—and delicious—way to get extra health perks in just about every meal. In fact, they pack serious benefits that can give you a boost from the inside out.

Here are five reasons to eat more cucumber:

1. Fights Cancer: Cucumbers are rich in lignans. Research shows these compounds can help prevent breast, colon, and prostate cancers. Cucumber extracts have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power.

The research is still early. But its phytonutrients—like cucurbitacins—and vitamin C content could be responsible. They help prevent enzymes (like COX-2) from creating inflammation that can lead to cancer. In fact, Big Pharma is looking at cucurbitacins as the basis for a new generation of anti-cancer drugs.

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And new research proves it—yet again.

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It only takes five minutes of your time—and minimal effort—to help prevent major damage to your heart.

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It’s a simple way to sabotage your heart health… Without knowing it.

Now think about how much time you spend off your feet each day…